A winter weather advisory has been issued for snow and high winds on Western Oregon’s mountain passes from 6 p.m. Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Six to 10 inches of snow is forecast for elevations above 4,000 feet, which includes most of Oregon’s central and southern Cascade passes, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.
Driving could be a challenge at locations such as Santiam Pass Highway 20 and Willamette Pass Highway 58.
The warning also impacts McKenzie Pass Highway 242, which is still open according to Tripcheck.com, but is very likely to close for the winter soon. Snow would be heaviest at the summit of McKenzie Pass.
Winds up to 40 mph could also lead to blowing snow. “Travel could be very difficult,” the NWS said in the advisory.
Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 15 years and is host of the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or 503-399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.